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Guide to the Alfred C. Thomas Letters, 1850-1851
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Description
The Alfred C. Thomas letters measure 1 inch and date from 1850 to 1851. There are thirty-four photocopied letters from Alfred C. Thomas to his family, the originals of which are at the Sherman Foundation, Corona del Mar, California. There are also typescripts of the letters.
Background
The California gold rush began in 1848 after James W. Marshall's discovery of gold dust at John Sutter's sawmill at Coloma on the American River. This discovery prompted masses of people from all over the United States and the world to move West and seek their fortune. Alfred C. Thomas was one of them.
Restrictions
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Sherman Foundation, Corona del Mar, California.
Availability
The collection is open for research.